Good Morning

Morning Clouds

It is a cold and windy one out there this morning, so I am hoping that it can only get better. I wanted to go places this afternoon and see how the construction for our bike days on the edge of the local town is progressing, but it will probably have to wait until the week-end, The weather might improve by then.

Biker Days 07.05 (9)

I am not quite sure what the tents are for. Perhaps bicycle sheds or they might be accommodation for the bikers whilst they are here.

It is now already Thursday, time goes so quickly. Yesterday afternoon was another shopping safari to see what I could hunt down. It was one of those days where we seemed to need everything. Toilet paper was down to a minimum, kitchenpaper rolls were on the last and cleaning liquid for the bathroom and shower was necessary. When I got home I had four bags full and a few large bulky items that would no way fit in a bag. However due to my masterful logistic organisation I manage to transport it all together from the garage in the cellar to the ground floor balanced precariously on my walker. I have discovered that walkers can be quite useful objects. We also have a small trolley in the cellar, but the walker is easier to manage.

On the way home from the shopping trip my telephone began to ring and I had a picture on my car screen to show it was ringing. I am still not in the routine of these gadgets in the car so I decided to ignore it. It would probably go away and it did. My Skoda car is a so-called Skoda Clever, but sometimes it is too clever for my taste. When I reached home I saw that my opticians wanted to call me and also sent an SMS on my phone. Tbey wanted to know how satistfied I was with my new eye glasses, I called them back and told them they were perfect, although I still have a pending appointment with the eye doctor, but I do not have a feeling that anything is dramatically wrong with my eyes. I told Mr. Swiss and he said I should organise the car telephone that if someone calls they get a direct connection and I can talk with them whilst driving. I am still tbinking about that. Admittedly I have been driving for 35 years, but for the last ten years I did not bother so much. Now I am driving 3-4 times a week and am still getting into the routine. As you can see I do not have gas in my blood and I like a quiet life at the steering wheel with no unprecedented excitement.


Despite the lower temperatures and rain, my raised beds in the garden are going quite well and I must say I have never had such success with my herbs as this year. On the right at the front my parsley, which never survived so well before. It might be the raising of the bed that has saved it from the 200-300 teeth of the slugs. At the back on the right my chives which want to make flowers. Their flowers are very pretty, but I am more interested in the stalks for the flavour in my salad sauce.

On the left at the front is my thyme. the more I cut the more it seems to grow and at the back on the extreme left I have savoury which is something we tend to cook together with green beans. My store also has origano and I am tempted, although according to my experience it is something that grows well, but not so strong in flavour.

Thursday is spaghetti day. After the weeks of Easter holidays and repairs on the local railway we are now more or less back to normal with no more marathon shopping expeditions.


It is now time to leave the comfort of the kitchen breakfast table and the computer and get down to the serious business like having a shower and cleaning up. I will also have to tend to my plants as they are telling me they are thirsty.

Have a good one and make the most of it, otherwise just stay in bed. It is far more comfortable although if you work for your living, the boss might not be so agreeable to that solution. All our lives we look forward to retirement, and when it arrives we realise we either do not have the health or the time to enjoy it.

15 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Thanks for telling me what day it is! I was trying to remember Pat (did I see people address you as Par? If not, please forgive me). It certainly is not the kind of weather for going out and doing very much. Oh yes, those toilet rolks and kutchen rolls – I panic if we start running out of those! Have a good day.

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      • Nice to know your name. I never ask because some people don’t like their name to be known. Thankyou for confirming it to me. I presume Pat is ok rather than Parricia. It is quite wintry here and of course all the blossom has now come off the trees with the heavy rain. The farmers were saying that their crops were failing through lack of rain here. Now we have had loads, and they will probably say it is too much, and maybe even that it is the wrong kind of rain! Have a nuce day.

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  2. Dare I giving you the advice NOT to reply your phone while driving? Hero Husband and I very often have long drives and when I am at the steering
    wheel, HH has long, long discussions re work etc. I can then see the impact this has on his behaviour. When I’m ‘passenger’ and he has those calls, it’s worse. What’s wrong by calling back when you’re in the safety of your own home? Ppl can wait for you to call back. We also have signals and bluetooth connections to our mobiles in the car, but that doesn’t oblige one to take calls….
    You are BRAVE to have taken up the driving duties once more and that’s good enough in my books.
    We have very unfriendly weather too and I’ve yet to remember a may with such horrible weather. Usually, we should be taking all our lunch meals in the veranda, the two large sunshades are out, but the last time I’ve eaten there was – to my remembering – in April!!! What is it going to be in CH over the weekend?

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    • I have a new intelligent car since the beginning of the year but must honestly say all I want to do is drive it accident free. It has so many various gadgets that I really do not need, and a telephone is the least whilst I am driving. I do not even listen to the radio, although I now know how it works. Of course I have a built-in GP. Mr. Swiss used one when he was driving, but I know where I am going and it would only distract me.
      Saturday and Sunday will be warmer with about 15-16°C and a little bit of rain, but not during the day, so I am hoping to escape into the wilds. I havn’t even thought about eating outside yet. It is more diplomatic not to mention the idea to Mr. Swiss. whilst I am walking around in t-shirts at home, he wears a pullover.

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  3. The tents look like event tents. I doubt they’d be used for storage but I could be wrong. They look way too fancy. I’d heard that the weather was not pleasant in Europe. I was surprised because March and early April were so lovely and I was very envious here in Canada. A good friend left yesterday for Portugal and she was worried about the weather.

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  4. Wow! Your gardens have exploded – green everywhere. Hopefully the hungry bugs won’t find them. And I agree about the phone in the car. No need to interrupt driving for what can wait. And most things can wait!

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  5. I’m still tired from yesterday! Also, it’s getting cold again. Two warm days with sun and we are back to gray with rain. I am so tired of the constant gray skies, cold nights, and rain. I am having an ongoing conversation with to squirrels and most of them now leave as soon as I open the door in the kitchen. But not ALL of them. And a lot of them don’t really leave. They hunker down below the railing and wait until I leave, then jump back on the feeder. I didn’t know anything was hungry all the time, but these squirrels are permanently starving.

    I think the rain is making a lot of things grow BETTER. The trees are blooming early even if the garden isn’t entirely sure what it is supposed to do. That’s probably why your herbs are doing so well. Our ground covers are covering EVERYTHING including the sidewalks and the gates and I think it’s going to cover the house soon.

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    • We also see, to be having a monsoon season and it is again quite cold, but a general weather condition in Europe at the moment. I would so like to go out with the camera but not in the rain


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